Ask the Nutrition Expert

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LOW-CARBOHYDRATE, HIGH-protein diets may trigger a quick weight loss, but it's only temporary and largely due to water loss, not body fat. Such a diet on a long-term basis also would probably promote chronic diseases. So says a nutritional sciences professor on Ask the Nutrition Expert, a recent feature on Cornell Cooperative Extension's Food and Nutrition web site.

The overall site provides research-based information on food, nutrition and health, and food safety. The Ask the Nutrition Expert feature at www.cce,cornel.edu/food provides a concise summary and answers questions on a specific topic that changes periodically. It is targeted to nutrition professionals as a way to provide easy access to the expertise of nutrition faculty at Cornell. For January and February, the featured topic was "Low-Carbohydrate Diets: Heresy or Hype?" discussed by expert David Levitsky, professor of nutritional sciences.

"The expert will answer individuals' questions via e-mail, and the questions and answers of general interest on that topic will be posted on the web site," says Christina Stark, a nutritionist in the Division of Nutritional Sciences who developed and maintains Ask The Nutrition Expert and its home site in collaboration with a local web design firm. …